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About CFT

 

Background

In order to become a leading tourist destination, the future of tourist destination development lies in the ability to develop long-term economic growth at the same time as environmental and social sustainability is maintained. In the light of this, front edge competence in tourism is considered a competitive advantage, and Sweden has to face this challenge to become a future leading European tourist destination. With the aim to upgrade tourism research and education, stakeholders in the Swedish tourism industry support the realization of a tourism centre at the School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg.

Research and education in the tourism field at the School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg have been practiced since the mid 1980's. In 1994, a tourism research network was established, and in 2007, Göteborg&Co together with the West Sweden Tourism Board took initiative to the establishment of the Centre for Tourism. The objective was to create a strong platform for research, and to initiate, promote, and support an active dialogue between the academia and the industry, and by doing so, support increased knowledge development and professionalisation within the tourism field. The Centre for Tourism forms a collective platform between actors in the academia and the tourism industry. 

 

The vision of the Centre for Tourism is:

To become one of the leading tourism research centres in Europe.

To initiate, promote, and support an active dialogue between the academia and the industry, and by doing so, support increased knowledge development and professionalisation in the tourism field.

 

The CFT mission comprises three areas of activity:

Front edge tourism research: Through its longstanding engagement in tourism research at the School of Business, economics and Law, the Centre for Tourism has a high profile expertise in tourism, specifically in the fields of events and event management. One part of the CFT mission is to conduct and contribute with the development of new knowledge in the field of tourism in Sweden.

Higher education in tourism: The Centre provides higher education in tourism. The Centre is engaged in the Graduate School¿s master program in tourism and hospitality management, as well as in other programs and courses at the School of Business, Economics and Law.

Transfer of knowledge through interaction with society/business actors (the third mission): The Swedish tourism industry has a unique growth potential, nevertheless a more active approach is required in order to take charge of opportunities and handling threats. The importance of advanced economic, social and environmental analysis as well as analysis of complex relations should be developed and transferred through interaction between the research community and the tourism industry trough activities at the Centre for Tourism.

 

Page Manager: Emma Fröjd|Last update: 5/22/2014
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